Fabian Delph admits he dreams of playing for England - and says he will keep grafting until he gets his chance.
Naturally the midfield ace would love to be in the squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
But he thinks his chances are slim as Roy Hodgson ponders his final selections.
However, Delph insists hard work is the avenue that could hand him an opportunity to don the Three Lions senior shirt in the future.
On getting a call-up, he said: "It's not down to me to say.
"My job is just to try to perform for my best for my club.
"I think it's in every player's head and it's every player's ambition to represent their country. But I think I might be a bit away from that.
"There seems to be a lot of quality midfielder players that are English that are probably above me at the minute. I'll keep grafting though and maybe one day I will get my chance."
Delph has said many times before that he owes the claret and blue club his utmost support and loyalty after they stood by him during lean years with injury.
He lifted the lid on the problems that effectively kept him as a bit part player during the early stages of his time in B6.
He added: "The start of my career here was dreadful. It was down to injuries, it's not something I could have helped.
"Probably the worst injury you can get in football is your anterior cruciate ligament. I also did my lateral meniscus and my medial as well.
"It's been a tough road but Alan Smith, the physiotherapist, has been with me side by side ever since.
"I now train every day. I haven't missed a day's training since the gaffer's been here, unless I've been ill.
"To get over the injuries, basically it's just pure hard work - starting at 9am and finishing at 3pm.
"I now do a pre-training warm up, train, finish training, I do some more lower body stuff then I have food and go again."
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